Pay-to-play Smithing training

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This article gives tips about training Smithing.

Fastest experience[edit | edit source]

Levels 1–37: Questing[edit | edit source]

Completing The Knight's Sword, Elemental Workshop I and II, The Giant Dwarf, Heroes' Quest and Pirate Pete subquest of Recipe for Disaster will grant a total of 30,982 experience, increasing Smithing from level 1 to level 37. Players would then need to make 50 iron platebodies to get level 40 Smithing, where they can start smelting gold bars in the Blast Furnace. Completing The Knight's Sword is strongly recommended, as it gives 12,725 Smithing experience upon completion, increasing Smithing from level 1 to level 29 immediately.

Levels 1–40: Anvil smithing[edit | edit source]

From level 1 to 40, the fastest experience is gained by smithing various items at the anvil just south of the west Varrock bank. Players should make the highest-level item available, since higher-levelled items require more than one bar to make, less actions will be required and this will result in more experience per hour. This will result in a loss, but the overall loss is relatively small as reaching level 40 would only take less than an hour.

The below table shows the items and materials needed to reach level 40. While there are some items which are potentially cheaper to make, these low-level items are uncommonly traded on the Grand Exchange and their prices fluctuate a lot. Players who wish to save money should do quests that give Smithing experience to skip most of the early levels.

Levels XP needed Item Bars required (each) XP each XP/h # for goal Bars required (total) Profit
1–5 388 Bronze dagger.png Bronze dagger 1 12.5 13,900 32 32 Bronze bar.pngBronze bar -4,544
5–9 581 Bronze scimitar.png Bronze scimitar 2 25 25,700 24 48 Bronze bar.pngBronze bar -7,992
9–18 2,554 Bronze warhammer.png Bronze warhammer 3 37.5 36,200 69 207 Bronze bar.pngBronze bar -37,191
18–24 3,505 Bronze platebody.png Bronze platebody 5 62.5 52,100 57 285 Bronze bar.pngBronze bar -52,839
24–33 11,219 Iron warhammer.png Iron warhammer 3 75 72,300 150 450 Iron bar.pngIron bar -54,450
33–39 15,401 Iron platebody.png Iron platebody 5 125 104,200 124 620 Iron bar.pngIron bar -68,572
39–40 3,756 Steel warhammer.png Steel warhammer 3 112.5 108,500 34 102 Steel bar.pngSteel bar -27,948
1–40 37,224 572 Bronze bar.pngBronze bar, 1,070 Iron bar.pngIron bar,

and 102 Steel bar.pngSteel bar


Levels 40–99: Gold bars (Blast Furnace)[edit | edit source]

Smelting gold bars at the Blast Furnace becomes the fastest viable training method at level 40. This method costs money, and it can be fairly expensive depending on the Grand Exchange prices.

Players will need to have completed Family Crest for goldsmith gauntlets for this method, which increases the base experience from 22.5 to 56.2 experience per gold bar. Without the gauntlets this method is not worth doing, as it would be much more expensive and a lot slower. Players will also need to have level 50 Mining and kill the Ice Queen once for ice gloves. Stamina potions are also mandatory for optimal experience rates, and it is also strongly recommended to have some weight-reducing clothing to reduce the run energy drain. Wearing a ring of endurance with charges is recommended as well.

To gain access to Keldagrim, players must have started The Giant Dwarf quest. Players can get to the Blast Furnace by using the minigame teleport there or using the minecart from the Grand Exchange to Keldagrim. While on an official Blast Furnace world, dwarf NPCs will keep the furnace running for a fee, see below for a break down. Below level 60, the Blast Furnace Foreman will require a payment every 10 minutes to be able to use the furnace.

Players can gain up to around 380,000 experience per hour at maximum efficiency with this method. Without goldsmith gauntlets, players can only gain up to around 150,000 experience per hour. At level 99, it is possible to gain up to 400,000–420,000 experience per hour when wearing the Smithing cape.

To achieve the maximum experience rates, all of the following points should be considered (in order of priority):

  1. Wear goldsmith gauntlets when the experience is earned for smelting the gold ore. The experience will be earned approximately 3 seconds after adding ore to the belt for an empty dispenser.
  2. Use ice gloves to save an inventory space for more gold ore.
  3. Wear weight-reducing clothing.
  4. Keep stamina potions in the bank. When run energy gets low, drink a dose of a stamina potion from the bank at the same time you collect gold ore (right-click and drink in the bank interface).
  5. Set the bank transfer quantity to "All" to quickly retrieve a full inventory of gold ore from the bank and deposit gold bars from your inventory with a single left click on the respective materials.
  6. Optionally, fill the bank with bank filler via the banking menu to allow you to use the deposit inventory option to deposit only your smelted gold bars into your bank in one click. For this to work properly there cannot be a placeholder for the Goldsmith gauntlets or Ice gloves.
  7. The 'Deposit worn items' button can be hidden via the banking menu so that worn gear is not accidentally deposited into the bank.

231,268 gold ores are required to achieve level 99 from level 40 when using the goldsmith gauntlets. Training with gold bars costs -1.55 per experience when training on one of the official worlds, using goldsmith gauntlets and drinking 40 stamina potion doses per hour. Exclusively training via gold ore from level 40 to 99 would result in a loss of -20,152,689.34 after selling the created gold bars.

Other methods[edit | edit source]

For anvil smithing methods, the closest anvil to a bank is in the Trahaearn district of Prifddinas. Players who have not completed Song of the Elves should use the anvil just south of the west Varrock bank.

The experience rates for anvil smithing depends on the type of metal being smithed and number of bars being used per item. The following table shows the calculated experience per hour of each type of metal bar vs. how many bars are used per item, assuming an optimal 11 tick bank time, as possible at the south-eastern Prifddinas bank. The cost and level requirements can be checked by using the Smithing tables.

XP/hr ranked by # of bars used per item
# of bars Bronze bar.png Iron bar.png Steel bar.png Mithril bar.png Adamantite bar.png Runite bar.png
1 bar 13.9k 27.7k 41.6k 55.5k 69.3k 83.2k
2 bars 25.7k 51.3k 77.0k 102.6k 128.3k 153.9k
3 bars 36.2K 72.3K 108.5K 144.6K 180.8K 217.0K
5 bars 52.1K 104.2K 156.2K 208.3K 260.4K 312.5K

1-40 Motherload Mine Strut Repairs[edit | edit source]

The struts can be fixed using a hammer and grants Smithing experience equal to 1.5 times the player's Smithing level. A hammer can be found conveniently in some of the crates surrounding the machine.

A player can choose to hop to another world, where the strut needs to be repaired, usually there is one strut that needs repairing. As there are no material no requirement, this method may be useful for ironmen. Experience rates vary depending on efficiency and skill level. A player can gain between 12,000 experience per hour at level 10 Smithing, increasing up to 24,000 experience per hour at level 40+ Smithing. Due to the diminishing returns it is not advised to do this past level 40

Levels 15–99: Blast Furnace[edit | edit source]

Smelting bars (other than gold or silver) at the Blast Furnace offers slow experience, but it usually provides decent profit. Having the ice gloves and coal bag is strongly recommended to significantly increase the number of bars created per hour. Players will also need weight-reducing clothing and stamina potions to always have run energy. Optimal bar patterns can be found on the Blast Furnace#Bar Patterns page.

These numbers assume you are using one of the official worlds, ice gloves, and 36 stamina potion doses per hour.

Level Money making guides Profit Bars/Hour XP/Hour
15 Money making guide/Smelting iron bars at Blast Furnace.png Smelting iron bars 383,868 6000 75,000
30 Money making guide/Smelting steel bars at Blast Furnace.png Smelting steel bars 430,668 5400 94,500
50 Money making guide/Smelting mithril bars at Blast Furnace.png Smelting mithril bars 506,268 3600 108,000
70 Money making guide/Smelting adamantite bars at Blast Furnace.png Smelting adamantite bars 811,368 2700 101,250
85 Money making guide/Smelting runite bars at Blast Furnace.png Smelting runite bars 862,418 2150 107,500

Levels 20–99: Smithing dart tips[edit | edit source]

Smithing dart tips offers very slow experience, but it requires very little attention and usually breaks even or makes a small profit due to their high demand for their use of training Fletching. Player must have completed The Tourist Trap quest to be able to smith dart tips. 10 dart tips are created per bar.

Keep in mind that the 'coins per experience' calculations below are based on buying the bars at the Grand Exchange. The below list assumes 9,500 dart tips are made per hour.

Level Bar Method Profit Darts/Hour XP/Hour
4 Bronze bar.png Bronze dart tips 146,300 9500 11,875
19 Iron bar.png Iron dart tips 122,550 9500 23,750
34 Steel bar.png Steel dart tips 127,300 9500 35,625
54 Mithril bar.png Mithril dart tips 154,850 9500 47,500
74 Adamantite bar.png Adamant dart tips -19,000 9500 59,375
89 Runite bar.png Rune dart tips -158,650 9500 71,250

Levels 48–99: Smithing armour[edit | edit source]

Smithing various armour pieces at an anvil offers the fastest experience outside the Blast Furnace, and it requires fairly low amount of effort. Players should smith the highest-tier platebody they can, starting from steel platebodies at level 48, moving to mithril at level 68 and then to adamant at level 88. From level 66 to 68, players can smith mithril platelegs or plateskirts as a slightly slower but cheaper alternative to steel platebodies.

Depending on the Grand Exchange prices, smelting gold bars at the Blast Furnace can be cheaper than smithing lower-tier armour, and it offers a lot faster experience per hour. However, adamant platebodies can be a viable option for some players, as they offer decent experience rates and they are usually very cheap.

Levels Item XP/Hour Profit/Hour GP/XP Profit (HA)/Hour GP (HA)/XP
48–68 Steel platebody.png Steel platebody 144,000 -731,432.53 -4.68 -595,642.67 -3.81
66–68 Mithril platelegs.png Mithril platelegs 140,000 -705,648 -4.88 -603,464 -4.17
66–68 Mithril plateskirt.png Mithril plateskirt 140,000 -750,956 -5.19 -603,464 -4.17
68–88 Mithril platebody.png Mithril platebody 200,000 -529,082 -2.54 -333,280 -1.6
88–99 Adamant platebody.png Adamant platebody 240,000 -89,994.24 -0.35 165,822.72 0.64

Levels 97–99+: Smithing 3-bar rune items[edit | edit source]

Smithing rune platelegs, plateskirts, or 2h swords at an anvil offers decent experience, and it is also profitable. Players will need to have level 99 to be able to make these items, but dwarven stouts or their mature versions can be used to boost for that level. However due to the high cost of Dwarven stout(m), players can expect a large loss when using that method. Each of these items yields the same amount of experience, so players should make whatever offers the best profit. Players may also cast High Level Alchemy to increase profits, however this is only recommended if you have a lot of disposable gold and plan on skilling whilst you alchemise.

Item XP/Hr GP/Hr GP/XP GP (HA)/Hr GP (HA)/XP
Rune platelegs.png Platelegs 210,000 296,604 1.37 669,016 3.08
Rune plateskirt.png Plateskirt 210,000 444,906 2.05 669,016 3.08
Rune 2h sword.png 2h sword 210,000 292,752 1.35 669,016 3.08

Quests for Smithing experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Experience
Other requirements
The Forsaken Tower 500 - 20% Lovakengj favour
Recipe for Disaster
(Pirate Pete subquest)
1,000 - Cooking 31
Heroes' Quest 2,257 - Quest points 55 , Cooking 53 , Fishing 53 , Herblore 25 , Mining 50
The Giant Dwarf 2,500 - Thieving 14 , Crafting 12 , Firemaking 16 , Magic 33
Between a Rock... 5,000 Smithing 50 Defence 30 , Mining 40
Elemental Workshop I 5,000 Smithing 20 Mining 20 , Crafting 20
Devious Minds 6,500 Smithing 65 Runecraft 50 , Fletching 50
Cabin Fever 7,000 Smithing 50 Agility 42 , Crafting 45 , Ranged 40
Elemental Workshop II 7,500 Smithing 30 Magic 20
The Knight's Sword 12,725 - Mining 10
Song of the Elves 20,000 Smithing 70 Agility 70 , Construction 70 , Farming 70 , Herblore 70 , Hunter 70 , Mining 70 , Woodcutting 70
Dragon Slayer II 25,000 Smithing 70 Quest points 200 , Magic 75 , Mining 68 , Crafting 62 , Agility 60 , Thieving 60 , Construction 50 , Hitpoints 50
Total 74,482